Image:Decorative Soaps.jpg|thumb|right|300px|A collection of decorative soaps, as often found in hotels
Image:NaStearate.png|thumb|right|300px|Two equivalent images of the chemical structure of sodium stearate, a typical soap.
, '''soap''' is a salt (chemistry)|salt
of a fatty acid
[IUPAC. "[http://goldbook.iupac.org/S05721.html ''IUPAC Gold Book – soap'']" ''Compendium of Chemical Terminology'', 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8. . Accessed 2010-08-09]
Consumers mainly use soaps as surfactant
s for washing
, and housekeeping|cleaning
, but they are also used in textile spinning and are important components of lubricant
Soaps for cleansing are obtained by...